23rd April 1966
R.C.T.S. (West Midlands
St George Rail Tour
|Locos Used||46519, 78036, 42727|
Route : 1X75 throughout
|46519||Nuneaton Trent Valley (1) - Whitacre - Water Orton - Walsall - Wednesbury - (via Tipton Curve) - Wolverhampton High Level - Stafford - Wellington - Sutton Bridge Jn - Cruckmeol - Minsterley|
|46519||Minsterley - Wellington|
|78036||Wellington - Market Drayton - Nantwich - Gresty Lane - (via Crewe Goods Lines) - Winsford Jn - Over & Wharton|
|78036||Over & Wharton - Hartford Jn|
|42727||Hartford Jn - (via Northwich avoiding) - Middlewich - Sandbach - Wheelock - Stoke-on-Trent - Uttoxeter - Burton-on-Trent - Nuneaton Trent Valley|
(1) Reported as 'the last steam train to leave Nuneaton Trent Valley'.
(2) This six coach train, carrying 200 passengers, covered about 240 miles taking almost twelve hours. About half of the lines travelled over no longer had any passenger service.
Sources : David Hills, Gary Thornton & Chris Harley (from contemporary
46519 at Minsterley (photo: The John Debens Collection)
75039 at Over & Wharton (photo: The John Debens Collection)
42727 passing through Stoke Station (photo: The John Debens Collection)
From Andrew Fairholms ticket collection.
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